The Best Pet-Friendly Accommodation in South Africa
Worried about leaving your pet in the hands of a stranger? Scared you’ll be missing your pets too much? Or do you just think it would be awesome to bring your pet along on an adventure around South Africa?
Domestic pet travel in South Africa can be a lot of good fun. And you’re in luck because there is plenty of great pet-friendly accommodation in South Africa. So whether it’s your two Jack Russels, kitty cat, or fluffy lab, they’ll be happy to know that they don’t have to be left behind this time.
Mango Airlines and South African Airways allow you to fly with your furry friends so now you can enjoy pet air travel in South Africa. And you’ll find plenty of cheap flights to Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.
Note: Make sure you keep track of additional pet travel prices in South Africa when you book your flight.
What Does Pet-Friendly Actually Mean?
“Pet-friendly” can mean a lot of different things to different people. But generally speaking, if you were to book accommodation that’s pet-friendly, you have the option of bringing along your dog or cat.
But, this isn’t to say you have complete freedom. Each hotel, guest house or Airbnb will have its own policy when it comes to allowing pets to stay over. Before booking your accommodation, give the place a call and ask to hear about their pet policies.
Usually, policies will state the following:
- Size restrictions
- Areas in which your pet is allowed to enter – which might not include common areas
- How many pets you’re allowed to bring
- Whether they allow dogs only – usually when places say that they’re pet-friendly, they normally only mean canines.
- Whether the pet must be on a leash or not
Also, keep in mind that you may be required to pay an extra fee for bringing along your pet.
Top Pet-Friendly Accommodation Around South Africa
Of course, there are too many to mention them all, but we’ve put together a list of some of the best pet-friendly accommodation options across South Africa.
Pet-Friendly Accommodation Cape Town – Sunny Villa Near the Beach
The affluent neighbourhood of Camps Bay is one of the best areas where you can find pet-friendly accommodation in Cape Town. With stunning views of Table Mountain and the west coast beach right there, you couldn’t ask for more. Except whether your doggy can come along and stay in the house, too.
And if you’re looking for a pet friendly guest house in Cape Town, the good news is many of the guest house villas are dog-friendly. Sit outside on the gorgeous cottage patios with plenty of space for your dogs to relax in the sunny weather.
A short trip will take you down to Camps Bay beach which is dog-friendly and one of the best beaches in Cape Town. And if you’re looking to do a hike with your pet, Lions Head is a 10-minute drive away and it couldn’t be recommended highly enough.
Dog-Friendly Beaches in Cape Town
A trip to the Western Cape isn’t complete without a visit to one of the many beaches. A common thing for families to do is take a trip down to the shore with their dogs.
Whether it’s an early morning walk or sunset stroll, enjoy these amazing coastlines with your best friend:
- Milton Beach in Sea Point – with a leash
- Nine Miles in Kommetjie – with a leash
- Milnerton Beach in Milnerton – with a leash (but be careful if you don’t have the friendliest dog, many people don’t follow this rule.)
- Clifton 1st in Cape Town – leash-free
- Sunset Beach in Blaauwberg – leash-free
- Witsands Beach in Melkbosstrand – leash-free
Pet-Friendly Accommodation Durban – Forest Cottages and Hotels
Rent a cosy self catering cottage hidden in the lush natural forest of North Durban. You will have the entire house to yourself, so there’s no need to worry about your pet bothering other guests. With lots of greenery, this area of Kwazulu Natal is ideal for letting your pets play outside.
The charming rental cabins are situated close to many of Durban’s main attractions. If you decide to take a visit into town without your pet, you can happily leave them in their dog beds outside on the shaded patio. If you have a small dog, be careful as they might be able to slip under the wire balcony.
And if you don’t feel comfortable leaving your pet at the cottage alone, take them down to the shore, walk along the promenade, or hit up some of the shoreline’s many restaurants that are pet-friendly.
If pet-friendly hotels are more your taste, The Oyster Box in Durban is a must-visit place if you love quirky hotels.
Pet-Friendly Accommodation Gauteng – Joburg Guest Houses
A guest house is one of the most recommended pet friendly accommodations in Johannesburg. With beautiful gardens, you’ll be happy to bring along your pets knowing that there’s enough outdoor space for their liking.
With awesome outdoor entertainment areas and often a pool, you can spend most of your time on holiday in the beautiful garden of your chosen house.
Book a guest house accommodation in the heart of Johannesburg, and you’ll have plenty of exploring to do. Your mind can be at ease knowing your pets will be happily relaxing at home.
Pet-Friendly Accommodation Eastern Cape – A Seaside House
Literally situated at 80-metres from Myoli Beach (one of South Africa’s pet friendly places) in the Eastern Cape, beautiful shoreline houses await you. A beach cottage here is almost always pet-friendly, as well as child-friendly, and it can accommodate a lot of people.
An awesome option for travelling with the entire family on holiday is up the coast to PE. Book pet-friendly accommodation in Port Elizabeth to explore this great South African port town with your fluffballs.
The houses have lovely outdoor entertainment areas with braai facilities, bar areas and beautiful decks overlooking the ocean. With a huge private garden and a path to the beach, you’ll be keeping your pets happy and active.
Head down the sandy beach at Myoli, and then take a trip to the nearby restaurant s and bars. They’re quite happy with you bringing along your dogs.
Pet-friendly Accommodation Western Cape – Barking Beach Cottage
This gem, situated in Hermanus, which is only one and a half hours outside of Cape Town, is a haven for travelling pets. Guest reviews describe this place as one of the best deals in the country. With no cleaning fee and easy booking, it’s no wonder why.
This dog-friendly accommodation in Western Cape has all the comforts that you and your pets will be looking for. It sleeps 6 guests in 3 bedrooms – one double bed and four single beds.
Barking Beach Cottage is located in a quiet part of the country which has walking trails nearby if you want to take your pets for some fresh air. It also has a wide variety of other activities like horse riding and a golf course.
Pet-Friendly Camping Spots Around South Africa
These are just a few beautiful camping spots perfect for the entire family, including your beloved doggies. They welcome pets throughout the year and satisfy both your and your pets needs.
- Secret Falls in Tulbagh
- Beaverlac in Porterville
- Klein Kliphuis in Clanwilliam
- Augrabies Falls in Augrabies National Park Northern Cape
- Klondyke Cherry Farm in Ceres
- Thabaphaswa Mountain Sanctuary in Limpopo
To Sum Up the Pet-Friendly Accommodation Spots
When you start planning a holiday it can be a huge relief to know that there are many great places where you can find pet-friendly holiday accommodation in South Africa.
Pets become part of the family for so many of us, and bringing along your pet can make your holiday just that extra bit more special.
Book your pet flights in South Africa now and let the planning commence.